Health care smoke and mirrors!
The truth is these latest attempts to make Medicare “Sustainable” are a complete croc of horse shit, as the premise that they are trying to sell us, is just plain wrong! 😈
And sidestepping the parliamentary processes for the purpose of duck shoving the onus of charging and collecting their new doctor tax onto the doctors is the height of gutless polity! 😡
Make no mistake this is NOT about making Medicare sustainable long term, as the money that they save is NOT going to Medicare, but to “Abbott’s” future fund for medical research… WTF?
And the so called “Price signal”, is already there, as most already pay around $30.00 on top of the rebate, for a GP service, and when I go to my lung specialist, which I did only a couple of weeks ago, I had to pay around $120.00, and got about half back from Medicare. 😯
And one of the local surgeries charged my BI, who has a health card, $25.00 for a visit, and when he complained about not being bulk billed, he was informed that they don’t bulk bill anyone, but have given him a $5.00 discount off their regular fees, because he has a health care card… WTF? 😡
Needless to say,. he doesn’t go to that surgery anymore!
So the money raised, which despite them saying that they’ve added a heap of exemptions, is roughly the same as their claimed savings under the original proposal (obviously Sloppy Joe’s “Eleventy” calculator has been doing overtime 😈 ), will not go to medicare, and the all important “price signals” are already in place, so the question is WTF are they doing it for?
And the answer is… Ideology!
They don’t, and never have believed in a universal health care system, they only believe in “The market” and user pays! (At least when it suits them? 😉 )
But as for all public utilities/services, they don’t believe in public ownership, but rather they do believe in small government (again, when it suits them), and outsourcing and privatisation (When they can get away with it 😉 )
And the reality of Abbott’s Doctor Tax, in any form, will be that many will start presenting at the local A&E, rather than going to their GP, and many elderly and chronically ill will miss out on their much needed Primary health care, meaning that some may die.
SWMBO told of many appointment cancelations immediately after the budget was brought down, along with others doing the bolt, without paying, after seeing the doctor 😯
Then there’s the red tape nightmare associated with administering the stupid bloody system, which may well result in higher costs than just the extra $5.00, with the very real possibility that an eroding of exemptions will follow once they’ve got it bedded in.
So I would say to the cross benches, don’t be fooled by the Abbott, remember “the best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour“, and with that firmly in the forefront of mind, pass a disallowance motion to stop his cowardly sidestepping of the senate, and don’t be naive enough to think that Abbott can be trusted to stand by any deals he makes. 😈
And there is no way that Abbott has any intention of delivering a more sustainable Medicare, the only thing that he will deliver is;
Health care smoke and mirrors!